“Man imposes his own limitations, don’t set any” – Anthony Bailey
Workout of the Day
Session Notes – That High
The runners high, this natural endorphin rush we (well, some of us) hit during an endurance effort can be a state of utopia, or an unreachable destination. This experience has an analog for skiers, football players, cyclists and a dizzying array of other sports; one thing is clear, the runners high is not exclusive to running.
Side note: This endorphine state from this process is similar to the experience that we encounter when we overcome a fear. So when you go bungee jumping for the first time, or place that first bet in Vegas you feel a similar sensation.
Let’s dig a little more into the science, though. When the body is put under stress the mind reacts accordingly. This is why endorphins are commonly associated with runner’s high. Endorphins are any group of opiate proteins with pain-relieving properties found naturally in the brain. In turn, these endorphines have a similar cognitive effect as morphine.
Many scientists believe that the endorphine rush we feel after an intense bout of interval style exercise like CrossFit is analagous to the same runners high experienced by endurance efforts, only the response in running happens during while the response from CrossFit happens after, typically in a pool of sweat.
Active shoulders, eyes looking between the hands and a tight midline make for a stable handstand.